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Lance Benzel

Legal Affairs reporter

Lance Benzel covers legal affairs for The Gazette, with a focus on the criminal courts, and also writes a monthly mountain biking column entitled "Rider in Residence." He joined the newspaper's staff in 2008 after previous stops in Billings, Mont., central North Carolina and Chicago.

Lopez Brothers-Investigation
Steven and Jean Lopez - members of the so-called First Family of Taekwondo - were named as defendants in the complaints, filed separately by two California women who said they were coerced or forced into sex acts with the men, including while underage. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
Anthony Loya (Photo courtesy El Paso County Sheriff's Office)
Derek Greer, left, and Natalie Partida.
A family-run, Colorado Springs-area barn builder has been ordered to stop business after allegations that it took $360,000 from nearly two dozen customers for work it never completed.
Teens Killed
In this Sunday, March 19, 2017, booking photo supplied by the El Paso County, Colo., Sheriffs Department, Gustavo Marquez is shown in Colorado Springs, Colo. (El Paso County, Colo., Sheriffs Department via AP)
Joseph Rodriguez Jr.